Kimberly Aguirre has been dancing since 1984. At age 6, Kimberly started dancing at Worley-Ellis Dance Studio in Willcox, AZ. She never thought she would take her knowledge of dance and one day own her very own dance studio.
After high school Kimberly attend college at Pima Community College working on her general education classes. She then attended Northern Arizona University statewide program in Thatcher, AZ. In 2000, Kimberly graduated with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and is an Arizona state certified teacher.
In January of 2002, Kimberly took over a dance studio called Backstage Dance. This was a dance studio run out of the local community center in the Continental Ranch area of Tucson, AZ.
Certifications & Licenses
-Yoga: Level 1, Level 2, Senior, Prenatal/Postpartum
-Zumba: Basic 1, Basic 2, Zumba Kids, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Zumba Core, Zumba Glutes
-Above the Barre
-PiYo Live, CIZE Live
-Core Conditioning Specialist, Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist
-CPR/AED and First Aid
-ACE Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist
Lauren is originally from Virginia where she was introduced to dance at the age of 3. Her training included many years of the Cecchetti method of ballet, tap, jazz, acro, pointe, lyrical, and modern. She performed annually in the Nutcracker and was a featured dancer in several community theater performances. Lauren became a teacher assistant at the age of 14 and began teaching her own classes at the age of 16. She studied dance at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia graduating with honors. Lauren attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC in 2010 and 2012. With over a decade of experience, dance education has been and still remains Lauren’s main passion in life. She is excited to share her love of dance with students in Tucson after relocating to Arizona in 2015 with her husband and daughter.
Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in Latin Dancing. She got her first taste of Latin music through her grandparents. They would play music around the house, sing in the church spanish choir, and they would always be one of the first couples on the dance floor at family functions. While growing up in Willcox, AZ Jennifer danced to Ranchera, Mariachi, and Cumbia music, to name a few. Jennifer moved to Tucson in 1997 and always kept her eyes, and ears open for new Latin music. In 2001 while working at a local restaurant and club she found the music she was meant to dance to....SALSA! She has taken some classes from some local Tucson instructors but most of her dance experience comes from the dance floor of local clubs and salsa parties. Salsa dancing even lead her to meet her husband in 2008.
Certifications & Licenses
Zumba: Basic 1, Basic 2, Zumba Toning
AFAA Group Fitness
CPR/AED and First Aid
Aynsley taught elementary school in Tucson for 9 years and joined our team as a fitness instructor after taking classes here at the studio. She and her husband have 2 Mexican rescue dogs named Mushroom and Visa at home. She loves scuba diving and traveling.
Natalie was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her journey there as a gymnast. She did gymnastics for 6 years, 3 years there at Sharon's School of Dance and Gymnastics then 3 years here at Gymnastics World NW. Although The gym was like a home to her, she always knew she wanted to dance. Going into her third year with Pointe of Grace, the only studio she has ever danced at, she couldn’t imagine a life without dance. She began to dance at age 17. She started with ballet, then acro, on to jazz and lyrical. Here she is now looking to extend her knowledge of dance and to teach others the amazing and powerful things she has learned at this wonderful studio.
Lauren was born in Phoenix, AZ, but soon moved to Calma, Chile where she had her first ballet class. Upon moving back to the states, Lauren started taking ballet classes at Dance Innovations under instructor, Elizabeth Sims.
At age 12, Lauren began en pointe, which only increased her love for classical ballet. During her 11 years of dance, Lauren has taken hip hop, lyrical, jazz, and contemporary, although ballet and pointe continue to be her favorite.
Alexa started dancing at age 12 right here at Pointe of Grace! She has danced jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, and acro. She has also participated in her high school dance team where she competed in 3 competitions which included nationals.
Alexa is also active in her church where she volunteers with VBS. She loves baby goats and coffee. Alexa especially loves sharing her passion of dance with others!
Jackie began practicing yoga in 2002 at various gym settings. By 2006, she had fallen in love with the practice. In 2008, after taking a Level 1 YogaFit training, she knew she wanted more. She graduated with a 200 hour training in March of 2010.
It was during her 200 hour training that Jackie found herself immediately intrigued by a new and unique teaching style, which encompassed spirituality, devotion, chanting, and sacred teachings. In May of 2012, she received training for 500 hours in this style. At that time, she was given the Sanskrit name “Ananda”, which means bliss.
Jackie is also a massage therapist. She brings her knowledge of anatomy and holistic health to her classes and enjoys deepening her students’ practice with nurturing hands-on adjustments. Savasana, the final resting pose in every yoga practice, is heavenly in Jackie’s classes, with the added touch of massage.
Jackie was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. She recently moved here to Tucson, AZ with her husband Walter and their two children, Gavin and Kiera. Jackie enjoys gardening, riding her bike, hiking, running, listening to live music and exploring Tucson with her family.
Certifications & Licenses
Yoga: ERYT 200, RYT 500
CPR/AED and First Aid
Katie Hill started dancing at the age of 3 in hula classes. At age 6, she moved to Willcox, AZ and started dancing at Worley-Ellis Dance Studio. Katie has studied tap, ballet (contemporary & classical), lyrical, jazz, hip hop and has danced on pointe since she was 11. She received her Associates Degree from Eastern Arizona College and in 2003 took over Worley-Ellis Dance Studio and created Encore Dance Academy and Encore Elite Dance Company. Katie was an elementary physical education instructor for 3 years. She was director of Dance Dimensions at Limelight Productions in Sierra Vista, AZ and she served as the Childrens Director for local productions with the Moscow Ballet. She also works as a reading interventionist at Willcox Elementary School and serves as Vice President of the Willcox Chamber of Commerce. Katie has over 20 years experience as a choreographer and instructor and is excited to be working with POG.
CPR/AED and First Aide
ALICE Safety Training
Christie began her dance training at the age of 3 in her hometown of Littleton, Colorado. Through the years Christie has trained at many prestigious studios and with many master teachers. She has worked throughout the USA as a choreographer, teacher, performer and director. Christie has recently moved to Tucson from Chicago, IL where she was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College, Chicago in the Musical Theatre Department. In addition, she taught at many different dance studios in the Chicagoland area. Christie is new to Tucson and is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at The University of Arizona. A graduate of The University of Michigan, Christie holds a BFA Degree in Musical Theater Performance.
Becky was born and raised outside of Binghamton, NY. She left in 1994 when she joined the Air Force and was stationed at Davis-Monthan here in Tucson. She was a runner her whole life starting, starting in junior high with track and cross-country. Becky was introduced to cardio dance fitness when she started attending REFIT classes in 2015. She instantly fell in love with the format and was certified as an instructor in February of 2016.
Becky is also an active member of FCF Tucson where she volunteers in the toddler ministry. She has three sons whom she homeschools as well.
Nicholle began dancing at the age of three in Eugene Oregon. Beginning with classical ballet, she also found a love for tap and jazz and continued on to pointe. She spent much of her childhood performing from the smallest of venues to the Eugene Hult Center of Performing Arts, where she signed the same backstage walls next to all the famous dancers that graced the stage before her.